"A super rare disease that results from polygamous inbreeding is reportedly affecting children at alarming rates — and it has no cure.
Experts say inbreeding in a Mormon community near the border of Arizona with Utah is responsible for a rare — now common — genetic condition called fumarase deficiency that is causing children of polygamist families to suffer from extreme physical and mental dysfunctions. Experts are now warning members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (or FLDS) enclave of the dangers of conceiving inbred offspring.
Dr. Theodore Tarby is a specialist in the field of rare childhood diseases. He was instrumental in uncovering the negative impact of polygamist practices on childbirth as far back as 1990. At the time, an FLDS mother sought treatment at his office on behalf of her son, according to a report from Daily Mail.
Members who belong to FLDS are often confused with the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or LDS). The chief difference is that the former practices polygamy while the latter forbids the act of having sexual relations or marriage among kin."
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